Distance learning at LSEWatch
I feel my current course is not what I should be doing as I'm not good enough to make work of an acceptable quality. My written/academic skills are far stronger and my tutors have even told me this. Economics is something I'm very interested and I feel I could do very well if given the opportunity to study it.
I live in London so I'm perfectly capable of visiting the university and use their library. Since I won't have face-to-face tuition and other factors , the course fee is lower too. I'm not quite sure I meet all the entrance requirements but it is mentioned on their site that they will consider ALL applicants and will notify if I need other qualifications before joining the course.
I'm seriously thinking of applying. Do you think I stand a chance? Here's the relevant web page: http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/pros...cs/index.shtml I would appreciate any comments.
If you're in London, why don't you apply as a student of the internal 3-year programme? As a home student, you also pay remarkably low fees.
I would have applied as an internal student but that would involve going through UCAS for 2008 entry (unless I could get a place through clearing this year) and I don't meet the entry requirements although they may still consider me anyway. You say the external degree is not looked on as well as those obtained internally but surely getting an excellent class degree externally would put me in a better situation than my current one? Thank you for your input.
two subjects at GCE 'A' Level + at least three further subjects at GCSE or GCE 'O' Level (at not less than grade C or a 'pass' if taken prior to 1975)
or three subjects at GCE 'A' Level + one further subject at GCSE or GCE 'O' Level (at not less than grade C)
or two subjects at GCE 'A' Level + two further subjects at 'AS' Level.
Compare that and the traditional AAA at A level coupled with 6+ A* at GCSE for an internal student. Clearly there is a difference in expectations, by which there is clearly difference in programme difficulty, which is clearly seen by employers. :P
Well, what another poster here has done is he got a Bachelors from LSE's external degree program, but then was accepted into an MSc program at LSE as well which he'll be doing at the LSE, so that might be a way to go to, eh?
I'll just have to wait and see. One thing that concerns me a bit is my age. I will be 21 in July. If I start this external programme this year, I'll graduate when I'm 24. If I decide to MSc, I'll be 25. Would that mean I would be no longer eligible for a junior position or would that not matter?
I'd agree with Phoenix with regard to the MSc @ LSE after the external programme.
I looked at Birkbeck but their degrees seem to last four years as opposed to three. I realise it's part-time but are none of their academic programmes available on a full-time basis? And is an OU degree really better than an external LSE one? If so, why?
I think an Open University degree would be better, it is more respected than the London External program. Or try Birkbeck--all their courses are part-time.
Birkbeck only does part-time courses, it was established as a college that would be open to people who need to work while studying.
Any other comments and suggestions?
hey if it helps... i know that LSE does accept students on their external degree program to transfer into their second year at LSE (and complete their degree at LSE Internally in the process) but from what I've heard, you'll have to do phenomenally well for that to even be possible.